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a note of caution. the same spirit of cooperation and focus that has gotten us to this point with one will be an overwhelming vote i hope is unanimous. we need to keep going so that this isn't a casualty of the back and forth process in the house and senate. the senate played a large role in giving it in the first place. we need to make sure that it is not caught up in the larger dramas that occur around here that we can keep our eye on the ball and fix it. and i do want to say just one brief word about the pay for. it is illusory because it would cost far more than we would ever collect but we have to deal with the rules as they are. there are two proposals. one would tighten eligibility for the health care reform. the other would take away some unnecessary tax benefits to large oil companies that long ago ceased to have any impact on oil exploration or reducing price. but while i actually think the pay for from our side of the aisle dealing with the oil tax adjustment is superior, i think it is a practical matter. we are going to have to do both of these in the months ahead if we ar
agencies they may look and go, oh, this cloud is outside the u.s. perhaps i don't want to use it for one of my applications, but i can use it for another one. different agencies and even within an agency you have different needs. so to answer the question, for the cloud today i don't think that you're going to see any classifieded information because that's not included in the profile, and it might be a long time before that's coming. you won't see high-risk systems, systems that could endanger an agency if compromised. but there's a lot of low-risk and moderate-risk systems today that can be moved to the cloud. an organization that is involved in cybersecurity or information that's involved in federal government planning, they may decide to either keep it in house or use it in a cloud within the u.s. whereas an organization or a federal agency that's supporting workers all over the globe may want to use a cloud that's all over the globe recognizing they're making a choice, and they can see the risks they're documents. so i think we'll see low and moderate-risk operations moving. >> host
. if they don't do it, or if they fail in their training, then they are mutilated by -- let's use the second one there. not that one.
between most u.s. states that show a large expansion of mortgage credit than those that secretly had large mortgage delinquencies, a link between housing booms and bustss in the u.s. that coincided with financial leverage. they also had the highest leverage meaning the households herbart average ratios. how to think about preventing real-estate booms, via idea that we would like to prevent those and the policy areas that we think about monetary policy with the u. s presentation and argued the underlying conference and government policies. fixing monetary policies to deal with an isolated boom may be too costly because there are some things that hit the entire economy rather events specific sectors. something to keep in mind before using it. and something that was emphasized especially in the latin american crisis but the best size is to think of real space. many countries including the u.s. are favorites of equity with policies in place with mortgage and the number of countries with policies in place, something to think about or how to do with these measures. at the same time, that was one
these agreements because this -- quote -- "increased the revenue that will help us meet increased expenses and help us ensure our family farm will be there to pass on to my kids," according to to her who she said would be the sixth generation of farmers in her family. barbara wilson noted that agriculture fuels the economy in our small town of mexico, missouri. she told me that the passage of these free trade agreements would lead to an increased demand for our corn, soybeans and stressed that when the agricultural economy is good, the economy in our small town benefits. and that means increased jobs in all sectors of that small-town economy. brian hammonds in stockton, missouri, told me significant government trade barriers are hurting his attempts to compete and develop markets for american black walnuts which are harvested by hand in missouri and other midwestern states. brian noted that if these trade deals pass, our company could buy more black walnuts from thousands of people in missouri and 11 other states providing cash to those rural areas. and even more importantly, the increased producti
that crosses our desk on a daily basis that teaches us really what we are -- adversaries may be are thinking about. technologies or other capacities they really do have and what do we need to do to and large or maximize our ability to prevent something from occurring and our ability to respond and recover as quickly as possible. those things are happening simultaneously. lastly -- the department of homeland security has been the largest reorganization of the federal government since the creation of the department of defense. it has been immense. it is not until you are in it that you realize how our immense it actually is. as that reorganization has occurred it impacts other participants in the so-called interagency because for example the department of homeland security has a huge international footprint and we are negotiating international agreements all the time and we have people stationed in 75 countries around the world today. that culture which is relatively post 9/11 where ministers of the interior, homeland security secretary have their own international pathways to communicate and
in 24 countries. we use that also with the department of defense for guidance and advice and coordination. in this context as well if you have the state department helping to do diplomatic coordination or doing also assistance as far as money-wise to provide logistical support and, of course, the dod is providing the actual individuals to do some training and equipping, so those are issues that were kind of a model for this area, but also we're looking at other areas in parts of africa. >> thank you very much. >> thank you, madam chair, i yield back. >> thank you. >> thank you very much. ambassador, i read your report, and i'm a little confused in it. at one point on age 4, you refer this is nothing more than that what we already do with the afr africno thin we have place in africa, and i studied it, and unless i'm wrong, it's an educational thing we use to help african nations to develop a more professional military. we do building of schools and hospitals on the ground, but you add in the report the reason we had to go, the president had to go to congress is because the
refrained, because i don't believe anything that could be said at this hearing was going to provide us satisfactory answer as to whether there is an effort or intent to time these penalties to effect to these official hearings. so i will be sending written questions and requests for documents to provide complete answers to the question of the timing of this. the fact that the citations were two originally occurred the week of the first hearing and subsequently happened just last night before this hearing strikes me as one of extreme coincidence. perhaps it is, and i intend to find out when i asked for the requests so with that, i will dismiss the first panel and thank you very very much for coming. if there are further follow-up questions, i would ask each of you to respond in a very timely manner as you possibly can. so i dismiss the first panel and at the same time call the second panel. [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] >> as i mentioned i want to call the second panel. mr. ray dempsey, mr. bill mr. james beeman.
will vote on the nomination of stephen a. higginson to serve as u.s. circuit judge fifth circuit. this is a seat that has been deemed by our statistics as a judicial emergency. this is the 15th judicial nomination that we will confirm this month. with this vote today, we have confirmed 51 article 3 judicial nominees during this congress. 30 of those confirmations have been for judicial emergencies. despite this brisk level of activity, we continue to hear complaints, too many complaints, unjustified complaints about the lack of real progress by the senate. let me set the record straight regarding the real progress that the senate has made. and this is in regard to president obama's judicial nominees. we have taken positive action on 87% of the judicial nominations submitted before this congress. the senate has confirmed 71% of president obama's nominees since the beginning of his presidency, including two of the most important supreme court justices. we continue to remain ahead of the pace set forth in the 108th congress under president bush. so far we have held hearings on 85% o
to get on the right road. >> and they are. and u.s. firms are very, very far along to meeting those new standards. >> do you have confidence that the european banks and the regulators there will comply with basel iii, the spirit as well as the letter of it? >> >> well, we're going to do everything they can to make sure they do, of course. and as i say, we have the time to try to make sure we're confident that's going to happen because these rules only start to bite over the next several years. and so we're working very hard to insure we have better protections in place. >> uh-huh. mr. secretary, do you know of any financial institution, and you've been around a while, that has had, that has been adequately, in other words -- and i don't say -- well capitalized and have liquidity that has failed? >> that's like a, that's a very interesting question. um, i think that in a, in a really systemic financial crisis just to think back to the experience of this country in 2008, for example, it certainly was the case from the great depression and other examples of this stuff, you can have a situa
through the u.s. >> i urge the president not to put this pipeline in. thank you. [applause] >> thank you very much. we will submit this armband and you can do all you want. we will submit this for senator clinton president obama to join us and be pipeline fighters and the santa lovers and be ogallala aquifer lovers. we are depending on you. we are counting you. [applause] >> i'm here today as a citizen concerned about the future of my country and particularly about the world that my two and a half year-old niece will inherit the achieving the stories of people who have been surfing from and fighting to tar sands to government which is endangering their way of life as well as the fact that nafta scientist doctor james hansen has called development of the tar sands game over for the clever. i knew i had to take a stand. along with 1252 other people, i was arrested outside the white house last month to let president obama note i want him to stay no to the tar sands keystone xl pipeline. ike skelton support our friends in canada who are fighting to keep the dangers tar sands development. the
ambassador kirk when he first came and told us that he thought he could work with the government of korea. i told sandy and i and staff would work so hard to share with him that unless there was some relaxation of restrictions on exports of automobiles that the government would take the position they had signed, they had agreed and it was all over. because of the korean government, staffs and people working together, catching a lot of political flak at home from the korean congress, they did reopen and examine the question of these as well as automobile. automobiles. so i just want to say that having served in korea in 1950, i had no idea that this country could go out of the ashes in such a short period of time and become such a close friend of the united states in terms of democracy and trade. but certainly in terms of national security being there representing the same principles that we do. and so i do think outside of just the job creation that we are dealing with a long lasting friend. and i am just glad that we will work out the differences and able to move forward so that we both can
? is the u.s. ready to follow through on that threat? >> two issues. what do we do about the economy? how do we address the cross border threat militarily affecting part of your questions? we began to use drones successfully against some haqqani leaders. appropriately if this report is accurate i have to say that it is not allowed to confirm things that are classified. but assuming reports are accurate it seems to me over do -- it can have a real effect. secondly we have under international law the right to respond to attacks by artillery. this is what the secretary of state said, fairly soon we will see a more direct response for effective response or strong response to those attacks across the border against us. her words yesterday are pretty clear that the international effort to squeeze the network--the haqqani network on both sides of the border, quote, will be more apparent in the days ahead. the fact we have a high level, quite extraordinary visit by our officials to pakistan yesterday is the indicator of a clear statement of hope to the pakistani that they will see that it is not acc
to us and telling us why we should be voting for him. i didn't like his smile especially i thought it was too sly. and just a very bad performance at all. >> host: and the smoking part? >> caller: again, it's just part of the overall amateurish appearance of the ad. >> host: what do you think of the attention, though, it's been getting? >> caller: well, i guess that's good. but i think giving a lot of people ammunition to re-enforce the negative aspects of his campaign >> host: lawton, oklahoma, sylvia, others that support others. go ahead. ruler on, ma'am. go ahead. >> caller: oh, okay. you're asking me about the ad of the smoking. i think it's -- it's crazy. it's not nice. he's smiling. i don't know how to explain it. it's just not at all to me and then also he said with the electricity with the illegals, this is not a president like that. you don't do stuff like that and that smoking, no, no, no. that thing he did over pizza, no. i'll tell you something, president obama is the president. he will never make it and he's not going to win. thank you, sir. >> host: there is a polling
delegation to china earlier this year led by the majority leader, company after company told us the stories of their products being stolen by chinese enterprises. and not just the design of their products that were then replicated and sold without the appropriate patents, but also the software. and if you want a simple example of this, take microsoft windows and its products in its office suite. only about half of the copies used by the official government in china are legal copies. and outside of the government, only a very small fraction of the copies are legal copies. and that's just the beginning of the vast intellectual theft where china has not upheld its end of the bargain to create a rule of law and stop the outright thievery of american intellectual property, damaging american companies. second, we have the chinese pegged currency. now, when a country pegs its currency to another as they have their currency to the dmar, they can do so -- dollar, they can do so and adjust it periodically according to market influences, they can decide to end the pegging and let it float which then y
-- in communities across our country putting more than 20,000 acres back to productive use. and much of that is urban, but also in rural areas as well. and when you think about that kind of opportunity to havein property available for community use, it's a wonderful gain.a these clean-ups have created more than 72,000 jobs, attracted more than $17 billion in private investment. once brownfields are rehabilitated, they often spark neighborhood revitalization, boost property values and make communities more attractive o places toft live, work and dore business. in my home state of new jersey, elizabeth, a city in our state, used a federal brownfields gran, to help transform abandonederal trillion land into new affordable housing in trenton, new jersey, our state capital. housing. in trenton, new jersey, our state capital, our fish are using brownfields funding to clean up a site where lead asset batteries were once made and stored. the property is safe and usable. hudson county, one of our more crowded counties, is using brownfields funding to attract new investments, that's what we'll
't want to hear about process. i understand that. but people do want us to do something about jobs and the first step is you bring a bill forward, you come up with something. last night as you recall, senator levin, we voted right before the jobs bill, we voted huge bipartisan vote, 63 votes on china currency to do what i know you've advocated for years, we have a level playing field on -- in our dealings with china so so many chinese companies don't get an advantage selling here and so many michigan and ohio companies don't get a disadvantage when -- a tariff, currency tax, tariff, if you will, when our companies in michigan and ohio try to sell into china. so i guess i'm curious, your thoughts on why we wouldn't even set ourselves up that -- why the republicans wouldn't to at least come together and say let's debate it. maybe we can make some interesting amendments we can come together on like we came together bipartisanly just 24 hours ago, less than that, fewer than 24 hours ago to come up with a real jobs bill. mr. levin: i wish there were an explanation which were satisfactor
of the association of the u.s. army on pentagon budget cuts and other issues. >> supreme court justice antonin scalia, journalist katie couric and paul ryan were among the speakers at the recent annual washington ideas forum. it featured leaders from government, business, and education the media to talk about a range of issues that made news during the past year. the atlantic, the aspen institute and the newseum cohosted this two-hour event. >> thank you. [applause] >> well, good morning, all. um, and rhyme delighted to do this. and, howard, let's start with the terrible news overnight about steve jobs, and i know that you knew him personally. briefly, your thoughts about him and your thoughts about his passing. >> i think america lost and the world lost a genius, someone who has defined entrepreneurialism, innovation, courage, leadership. it's a, it's a -- i think we're going to look back on steve's life and realize that what he contribute today the world society was as breath taking and innovative as anyone in the last maybe 50, 100 years. tremendous loss for the world. >> let's talk about you, and
could you tell us what this group is? guest: this group was formed out of the concern that this one small group of women and men, roughly to unde 37,00237,000 hos taking advantage of the tax code in such a way that their tax rates were disproportionately low to the progressive traditions of this country and our tax code. what concerns me about this issue is that we focused on it to the exclusion of the tax reform that senator gregg spoke about. we have to fix this inequity and we will go into some detail about the magnitude of it. it should be the only way we go after tax reform. the space-bar president yes it left me distressed because we did not broaden the discussion to overall tax reform. host: what you mean by inequity? guest: these 237,000 household paid an average of 22%. the women and men that are listening to the show this morning are paying a rate closer to 30% to 35%. there is no progression in the tax rate, though that was the intention. host: how do you define a millionaire? guest: i would be more demanding than the so-called warren buffett role. it says any household t
abide by them or we're just not going to be there for you. and the it's time we use our influence, the bully pulpit and didn't get caught up. so many people in this town that are devoted to this issue. i mean, i made a living off of it for 35 years. i can't imagine how many others in this city have. we just have too many other issues in the middle east that require our attention. >> well, i have a lot of sympathy with that view. i think in a way the high point -- or what i would view as a proper american policy came in 2002 when president bush essentially said to the palestinians, we will support palestinian statehood fully when you have met a series of preconditions. new leaders, not compromised by terror, a practicing democracy not by the way one that simply cancels election after election after election. a practicing democracy based on tolerance and liberty. when the palestinian people have achieved it and new security arrangements with their neighbors, egypt, jordan, israel then the united states will support the creation of a palestinian state whose borders and sovereignty wi
you know, president obama came into a pretty tough economic situation, but he's taken us in 180 degrees wrong direction, so from my staned point, if we want to get the economy growing again, the first step to take is to total repeal the agenda, repeal obamacare, dodd-frank, all harmful regulations. i want to commend senator mccain and senator paul for their leadership on this issue. .. all of us do business brown tables. we sit down with our business community and respect his state contacted them about what is happening. a frequent question asked is how his business? how are you doing? when we asked the question to our job creators, to her business community, what is holding you back? what is there going on that is making the difference between you expanding and hiring and bringing new people into a business and just staying put and invariably? they will start working their way through the back policy that exists out there. they'll talk about the regulatory affaires. i believe this series of those that's coming up, i'll sit down with a group of small business people from nebrask
by c-span. i want to express my appreciation to governor barbour for joining us today, and to john harris, politico, for moderating today's discussion. a lot has happened in the world since we met in july on the economic front, president has announced his jobs bill. the stock market has just turned in its were scored since the financial crisis of 2008 and is now approaching bear territory. the latest weekly gallup poll shows the president's rating, approval rating at 43%. this is behind every american president, john f. kennedy forward with the exception of jimmy carter who of course went on to a landslide defeat. congress' approval rating is even lower, 11%. less than 20% of americans think the country is on the right track. consumer confidence in august plummeted to its lowest level since 1980 and has remained relatively unchanged in the last month. unemployment at 9.1%, and in the security area in afghanistan the american embassy has been attacked twice in the last month. the former president of afghanistan was assassinated, and president karzai announced that negotiate with the
bills that we've seen in front of us in our five years in the senate. almost five years in the senate. i think i've never seen a bill passed that was this -- i've not seen in my time here a jobs bill passed this overwhelmingly, this bipartisanly that was this important for putting people back to work. and let me sort of expand on that. first of all this currency exchange rate oversight act of then has broad support from business and labor. it creates jobs without spending taxpayer dollars. in fact, this legislation raises revenue and reduces our deficit clearly because when people go back to work, people that are now on unemployment benefits, sometimes receiving food stamps, sometimes getting other subsidies, maybe trade adjustment assistance, which the presiding officer has been so involved in, instead people going back to work will be paying taxes and not be the beneficiaries of those. so it's a plus both ways in terms of reducing our government budget deficit. most importantly it's a response to an normal prob
by the ayotte amendment. how did this happen? you know how if happened? instead of using coercive tech negs, the obama administration convinced abdulmutallab's family to come to the united states. and his family set down with him and told him, why don't you cooperate with the f.b.i., and he did. that's a very different approach from what we saw in previous administrations when course of techniques are used. -- when coercive techniques were used. but it is not like the tv program "24." here's what we learned during the bush administration. in real life, people will say mig to make the pain stop. they will lie and fabricate and go on and babble as long as necessary to stop the pain of the torture. they often provide false information instead of valuable intelligence. richard clarke was a senior counterterrorism advisor to president cline continue and president george w. bush. wheres said about things about begs approach: "the f.b.i. is good at getting people to talk. they've been much more successful than the previous attempts of torture peernlg trying to convince them to give the information
ask my colleagues to oppose this and to work with us as we put forward policies that will be coming very soon. thank you and i yield back to the senator from colorado and thank him for his graciousness. the presiding officer: the senator from colorado. mr. udall: i appreciate the senator from maryland's patience with us, this is an important set of amendments being offered today. i rise in opposition to amendment 753 offered by the senator from new hampshire, ms. aqlot. i enjoy working with ms. ayotte and appreciate her contributions to the committee but i strongly disfree with her amendment. senator ayotte's amendment would prohibit the united states from trying enemy cat combatants in article 3 civilian courts. these refer to article 3 of the united states constitution. article 3 courts are the envy of the world and while there is a role for military tribunals they are certainly not the only solution and frankly by prohibiting the use of article 3 courts we may actually hinder our efforts to bring terrorists to justice. the ayotte amendment would put the military smack in the midd
to see the u.s. health care system was already online and millions of americans were already using it. i offered to share my technology with them and everything, but they didn't really want to do that. in fact, they copied it and tried to come out with their own. it's not as good, but, you know, what do you do? you the best you can. we're doing this not for one side or the other, but to help america, and americans know it. they use it every day. we have 125,000 americans use it last month; right? so, you know, that's how it is. we think we can save the united states somewhere around once it got implemented maybe $20 million a year in administration if they went to eligibility throughout the whole country. >> yeah. libby, i have a number of things i could ask, but i don't want to take up the time. we'll open it up to questions, and rebecca anything from twitter, hand to me. if you are going to ask a question, we need to use the microphone. while people are collecting their bearings, let me just follow up on my initial question. i guess i don't understand even without funding, what's the b
single tab, when they come forward at some point to have us honor the guarantee, if there's an issue, we will know that every piece of the paperwork is in place. so when we come out and we speak to him we will teach them the 10 tab business and hopefully alleviate the need for the extra costs that he is concerned about. and assure him that we will be able to make a proper payment on that guarantee because all of his paperwork will be in place. we do have paperwork. we do have rules. we cannot make payments on guaranteed if those things are not in place. >> is this a program you have in place, a technical assistance program for the smaller banks that need this kind of training? >> yes, it is, and is run to our district offices. that is one of their primary focus is. >> how often do you withdraw the guarantee so that a bank might be held liable? >> we honor the guarantee and 95% of cases. >> okay. on another topic, something else that we learned from our field hearing in los angeles that microloans are incredibly important, in particular at the prime program seems to really work, especiall
if judge chen should be running for political office." that is what many of us thought was more appropriate for judge chen rather than his appointment to a federal judgeship. the news article describes remarks bimade by judge chen which i can only describe as mocking one of our members, senator sessions of alabama. this is distasteful. it was only after a personal appeal by senator feinstein to senator sessions that the vote on judge chen went forward. senator sessions greed that vote and pressed other members to let the vote proceed. if the press accounts are accurate, i believe judge chen owes an apology to senator sessions. judge chen went on to again to embrace his aclu background stating "having the aclu in your d.n.a. is not a disease, it is an honor." as i have said before, judge chen's advocacy on behalf of the aclu is not disqualifying by itself. but i have to wonder about the impartiality of judge chen. more importantly, what are -- what are potential litigants appearing before judge chen to think if the aclu is an opposing litigant is there any way to think judge chen can be fair
that congress passed last week, today in washington, d.c. u.s. international trade center goods and services, it looks of both imports and exports, what's the story behind the chart? >> guest: over the last 15 years u.s. trade has climbed upwards, but a few exceptions and that actually has occurred during the recession of 2001 and recession in the most recent recession. in both cases, also the trade deficit actually also declined. but as we can see on the chart now, more recent decline was pronounced in the recent recession. but the trade deficit actually went from a high of 66 billion on this recession down to a low of 25 and a half billion. so now the trade for exports actually have rebounded and we are exceeding the pre-recession every level. and so what we look at is imports in trade deficits actually our rebound as well but at a slower pace. >> host: what will she we know about these numbers? >> guest: first, i think it's easy to jump to the wrong conclusion about them. to me what's important is they are both going up. we don't have to see that gap ago to zero or reverse into a trade su
of scholars with us today. to talk about this. i'm going to introduce them starting on your right, on my left is charles kolb, president of the committee for economic development, served as deputy assistant to president george w. -- george h. w. bush for domestic policy. he has been assistant general counsel of the office of management and budget and he's been deputy undersecretary are planning, budget and evaluation at the department of education. sitting next to charles is olivia golden who is in institute fellow here at the urban institute. her research focus on human services programs, helping children and families. she has been director of state operations for new york state's governor. she's been director of district of columbia's child and family service agency, and she has been assistant secretary for children and families at the u.s. department of health and human services. seated next to olivia between olivia and me is robert reischauer, a familiar face i know today going. he is president of the urban institute. he was director of the congressional budget office from 1989-1995. bob,
helpful to us. i also want to thank the ranking member of the subcommittee, senator blunt, and his staff, who have also worked with us. and we've worked with usda, so this morning i am filing another amendment with senator udall of colorado that makes a few changes in the amendment. it's very consistent with the intent of the amendment that we debated last night, but it does strike the words "and fruits." and since the intent of our amendment was not to change the requirements on fruit servings, i was happy to suggest that -- accept that suggestion from usda. so i have filed a new amendment. i understand there's going through the clearance process on our side of the aisle. and i hope this is an amendment that we can clear and accept very shortly. but i just want to bring my colleagues up to date to thank the two leaders of the subcommittee and to let my colleagues know that we're making great progress. this amendment is going to make a real difference to school districts across the country, without in any way impairing the nutritionist -- th the nutritios meals that we want all of our sc
resources? >> it is pretty clear to all of us and has been stated by the secretary of defense. before the foreseeable future, we will have security challenges in the united states central command related to pakistan. this is another area where we expect a significant presence. but if there is one thing we're not very good at is predicting the future. as sure as we talk about the priority of the pacific and then the challenges that exist in the united states central command, someplace else will cause us to respond and we do not know where that will be. so when combatant commanders asked for deployed forces to be out there on a routine basis, each of them ask for that. they ask for that as a mitigation to the risk of the unknown. that is what i believe we provide. again, from a party perspective, certainly, we will see the proponents of our effort and commitment to be in the pacific command and the central command. but priority cannot be exclusivity. we still have to soot -- still have to satisfy the demands of the of the combatants. but it is a hedge against the risk of the unknown. >>
of which would be devastating to our industry, our passengers and the u.s. economy. u.s. airlines have lost $55 billion and cut 160,000 jobs since 2001. the new taxes would result until another 10,000 airline job cuts next year and permanent reductions in service to less profitable small and medium-sized communities. in addition to holding the line on the tax burden of our passengers and airlines, enactment of a long-term faa bill will help advance nextgen. nextgen offers the potential to further improve aviation safety and deliver environmental improvements. the national air space system, despite being the most complex system in the world, is extraordinarily safe. that remarkable safety record reflects the determined efforts of the faa, airlines and its employees as well as other stakeholders, and we appreciate the support and oversight provided by this committee which has played a key role in helping shape that success. however, as the committee knows all too well, the national air space system relies on safe but outdated technology. an faa commission study published last november estimat
have not been sick since. and i'm monitored all the time, and i, believe you, i use my kaiser resources and have all of this. now, the reason i share it, i'm a pretty intelligent person by some standards. and, um, my doctor said to me as a result of your heart surgery, there are certain bad habits that you've had in the past you have to let go of. well, what are we talking about? well, take the oreo cookies, for example. [laughter] you've got to lay off those oreo cookies. i can do that. and your ice cream. hmm, now it's getting serious. [laughter] so i say, okay, i can lay off on my ice cream. and you need to go from 240-something pounds down to 220, 220. five years postsurgery. no matter how hard i work, i am still at about 237. five years. postsurgery. my weight will go down to 225 and go up to 230, slip back up to 235, slip down to 230, go up to 240, go down. so the last time i saw my doctor, and she did everything. she did all my tests and everything. and she said, it's unbelievable. you're doing great. she said, the last thing i want to do is i want to give you a, um, resting hear
us could university school of law. also received his college education cum laude from villanova university graduating within the top 10% of his class, and he was ranked second within his major field of study as an undergraduate. bob mariana is a well-respected lawyer and advocate in northeastern pennsylvania. he's received the highest rating, well-qualified, from the american bar association. he spent 34 years as a civil litigator in scranton, parks where he specializes in labor and employment law. since 2001, he's been the sole shareholder in the law firm that bears his naism he is also the sole proprietor of a similar law office that bears his name from 1993 to the year 2001. partner as well in an earlier iteration of that law firm mariana and greco. he has taught labor law at penn state university and has been an instructor at penn state's union academy program. a whole series of commendations and awards that i won't list for purposes of the time we have today. but probably the most important thing i could say about bob -- and i know i might be a little biased because i know
and the u.s. marines for the earthquake recovery several years ago. the organization was professional, the military itself was very, very positive. in particular i was very pleased there was a young u.s. marine who was of pakistani-american heritage, had been trained at paris ireland in south carolina, and to -- island in south carolina, ask to see our working together because we can and we should. with that in mind, the foreign assistance programs that we have in pakistan that you've helped initiate, do you believe they're making sufficient progress, and by what metrics are you judging the level of progress? >> well, congressman, first, thank you for traveling there, and i share your very strong endorsement of the positive work that was done between the pakistani military and the united states military in earthquake relief. and it was a real model, and we're very proud of that. um, with respect to the civilian assistance, you know, we actually do think that we are making a difference, but it sometimes gets overwhelmed by all the other activities that go on in our relationship. we hav
affairs used to be in a listing assignment. one of the things that struck me the most about senator kerry was when he first came to the congress can hit a very unusual choice between the appropriations committee which basically means you never have to raise a dime the rest of your life. people becoming to you for money. people would kill to be on appropriations committee. or foreign affairs. where he had been as david mitchell one of the most remarked on witnesses ever before that committee. he chose foreign affairs. that's not a decision many people are making these days. in fact, i think effectively it's no longer in a list committee. there isn't a crush to get on it. precisely because it plays so badly at home. i want to talk about currency manipulation. i'm out of time to let me just collapse this and hope that maybe this is something we get into. currency manipulation looks like an arcane issue, china currency. but it has such an impact on the current job situation in this country, looking forward this debate i think you would see that. the u.s.-china commission, formally known as th
to change the mentality of the position in egypt and the poor places. and we will, using any tools and conditions for people to make pressure and -- [inaudible] >> you gave an account to the fall of the government and after that sounded quite cooperative with the conversation and that a certain point, more recently we had the violence you draw witnessing the real concern. what do you think has changed in terms of the way the movement has engaged the military? and what happened to the most recent violence? >> i think the government -- no tricks like they won't. we need to leave tahrir square and groups -- also now the party like the current party are aiming for that. it is used to focus political party and put pressure so the pressure between these groups and staff at the end of july. between these groups -- between the staff, we follow the same lot of action, we will have a meeting. >> my name is steve winter, local researcher. i asked an expert at georgetown university, very knowledgeable on egypt, what would you make of the composition of the group that reached the israeli embass
to us, to build a network on schedule. i would say that not only we are confident of making those commitments, we think will cover 260 million americans by the end of 2014, the year ahead of fcc's mandate to us. and we are able to do it because of, first time in industry the kind of relationship we have done, first time anywhere in the world the relationship we have now created with sprint. and think about end of next year, second half of next year when we launch our network. and i'll give you an example, which is, my family gets excited, my friends get excited. today, if you wanted an unlimited data text and voice offer on your cellular phone, go there, you can get anywhere from $59.99, to $109. that would use less than one gigabyte of data a month or because that's what you generally use on your smartphone. to our retail partners, one gigabyte of data, we will charge them $6. think of the benefit. let's say our partner doubles it, quadruples it because they have to pay for distribution, they have to pay for this. american consumer saves 50, $60 a month. that's $600 in the pocket
galvanized guard rails top prevent corrosion. they have two options on the process they use to galvanize the metal as well as two options to preserve the zinc they use in the process. in terms of the galvanizeation process, the first method is called continuous galvanizeation where the company treats the steel with zinc. the second method is called batch galvanizeation. in addition, there are two types of zinc thickness, type one, thinner and type two, a thicker coat of zinc. a lot of states around the country, including ohio, actually require type 2, which is the thicker kind of zinc for all guard rails. that's due to the harsh environmental conditions that cause metal to erode more quickly. however, ohio is one of those states that although they require type 2, a hrouts for continuous -- allows for continuous galvanizeation or batch galvanizeation process. a great surprise to me to read the legislation before us, the underlying bill says the states are prohibited from using any kind of guardrail unless it's type 2 plus it's produced through this batch galvanizeation process. it's a man
. but it is a combination of enforcement strategy and they really allow us to prioritize those that we seek to remove from the country. and then, encouraging and making it as smooth as possible the business practices for the go immigration. >> next in the lightning round for secretary chertoff. i remember having some really wonderful discussion about this topic. in light of the decreasing budget, do you have any thoughts about the homeland security grant program and how best to move forward on not get the biggest return of the money for think tanks and so forth. i remember standing behind you or with you in taking the spears coming and we try to adjust the grant program. >> everybody without any grant program that didn't give them all the money you gave it to someone else was a really program. and the funny thing was there was some communities that would go out and in the run-up to the grant announcement, that they were really dangerous, it's really unsafe here. the chamber of commerce would go what are you doing? the other tourist business here. so there was always a little bit of a schizophrenic attitud
to raise the awareness for months. .. >> it's time for us to wake up in this country that this is a real threat in the western hem -- hemisphere. i want to bring to your attention that i filed on tuesday night that says we will then urge the administration, including the western hemisphere in its 2012 national strategy for counterterrorism areas of focus absent in the 2011 edition, utilizing a task force to be led by the u.s. department of homeland security and others in the community to examine iran's presence, activity, and relationships in the western hemisphere includings united states of america. >> i look forward to reading it. thank you, mr. duncan. >> thank you. mr. higgins co-sponsored this as well. it's a bipartisan issue. i want to remind ambassador brownfield we talked about this last week talking about the triborder region, the southern border, named a number of country, and you said let's not forget venezuela, one of your past posts, and i wanted to make that point as well. the question i have for the panel addressed to ambassador goldberg, how do links increase u.s. vulner
'll be very brief. it would allow for personal use drug reimportation from canada only, and in doing so, mr. president, this amendment is nearly identical to an amendment i have proposed previously on the senate floor last congress, which passed in a very strong bipartisan vote. mr. president, americans spend hundreds of billions of dollars a year on prescription drugs, and prescription drug prices are skyrocketing, and they continue to skyrocket. and that causes real hurt and angst among many family families, particularly american seniors. they shouldn't have to choose between lifesaving medicine and other basic needs of life like food and electricity, and yet often, mr. president, the reality is that they do have to make that choice. my amendment would help ease a little bit of this pain by giving americans more options. but in doing so, mr. president, it's very narrow, it's very cautious, it's very specific. it applies to only individual consumers, not wholesalers, bringing in for their personal use f.d.a.-approved prescription drugs, and only from one country; namely, canada. as i said,
missions. we use them off the coast of pakistan and flying air support into afghanistan. we use them when we crossed the border. we flu are carriers of of the highways. as we look at the joint strike fighter our version not only is it best for the nation but also allows us to operate the way we did when we were in iraq flying off the highways and bombed out runways with saddam hussein, it is the expeditionary capability. it really will miss an awful lot. we will hamstring our nation in my view if we don't have that. by the way, it is really doing well. i track is like a bird dog. i assumed ownership of that for the united states marine corps. if it fails you can point a finger at me. >> over here please. >> thank you. i am ed browning, retired ambassador. i wonder if the marine corps is aware of a small but vocal minority that is doing a lot of damage with the department of defense and congress. this is a group that is downgrading their compatriots by saying how much better they are and let me go back a minute to tell you in 1950 i was one of the planners of the china invasion and in orde
in the 21st century. as we go forward, let us draw strength from the same sense of solidarity that i have seen during my visits to korea. our very brave armed forces. we go together. [speaking in native tongue] [speaking in native tongue] [speaking in native tongue] >> we will go together investing in our societies and the education and skills of our people. we will go together reaffirming that aligns between the united states and the republic of korea is unbreakable. and we will go together as we parted to meet our global responsibilities so that our citizens, and people around the world, may live in security and prosperity. [speaking in native tongue] [speaking in native tongue] [speaking in native tongue] >> president lee, first lady kim, members of the korean delegation, on behalf of michelle and myself, on behalf of the american people, welcome to the united states. [applause] [speaking in native tongue] >> good morning, everybody. >> good morning. [speaking in native tongue] [speaking in native tongue] >> translator: mr. president,. [speaking in native tongue] [speaking in native to
the u.s. role in the region will be. if the u.s. role -- as the u.s. role is winding down, especially militarily, then we have to readjust our thinking as to what exactly u.s. leverage is on various actors in the region, what we can do. we will still have a role certainly as sort of guarantor of various machines like saudi arabia and other sunni states, but i suspect it will go back to the pre-1990 sort of over the horizon presence rather than what we have been used to, which is a continuous on the ground presence in the region for really 20 years now. i mean, that wasn't the case before. and then the second is the arab spring, and i would throw him without the islamist government in turkey, for this purpose at least, which is that because of these changes, governments in the region will have to conduct the foreign policy with much more of an eye towards popular opinion. and that means that they have less leverage to do things like sadat dead or king hussein did. judged on the basis of what they saw as their countries interest. they would have to be much more consultative to their pop
freddie but why do we have freddie and fannie? makes no practical sense. they used to have different missions but they don't day. we have disparate lending groups in the u.s. government. u.s. agriculture and f. h. a. and all these groups serving as lenders with a different mission than different agendas and different outcomes. the f 88 has done well --fha has done a difficult role. why is there one government entities that serves as the lending arm for the government? think about organizing that under fannie with a new mission and a new charter and spinning off or otherwise dispensing with freddie mac? that opens the private market, creates the need. the absence of freddie would create the opportunity for private capital to flow into the marketplace under certain circumstances. that could be accomplished over several years. accomplishes reduction in redundant costs in the government and create a focus and a mission that the new 3 chartered fanny and get rid of excess capacity that the private sector would have to take in the form of disposing freddie through a spinoff or some other s
, it strikes me that we're ignore a lot of the most critical issues impacting u.s. competitiveness in regard to china; namely, china's inadequate protection of u.s. intellectual property, or what i call i.p. let's remember that i.p. is our nation's number-one export. american i.p. yuns pins the knowledge -- underpins the knowledge comirks providing our workers with a significant competitive advantage. in short, i.p. equals jobs for american workers. it's that simple. studies have shown that the i.p.-incentive industries employ more than 19 million workers, create higher-paying jobs across all skill levels, and support more than 60% of total u.s. exports. that's why throughout my service here, i've endeavored to ensure that u.s. innovators and content creators are able to operate in an environment in which their i.p. -- or intellectual property -- is adequately protected. now, i'm pleased to have been the lead republican sponsor of the recently enacted america invents act, which resulted in long overdue reforms to our nation's patent system, which will strengthen our economy, create jobs, and
. this is an issue that the taxpayers can you need to come to us with their concern about a tip place with the solyndra process americans turned that this is being repeated for lack of attention to detail for the loan guarantees are being repeated in other programs. i do have a couple of questions that i want to ask. and i know we want to finish with the lobby or we had for the weekend. mr. burner, you have bandwidth treasury for 20 years, is that correct? >> that's correct. >> okay. how often does a lone work a situation come before you? in reading the documents for the hearing today in looking at your e-mail chain that you had with d.o.e. and with your staffers, you know, the workout language with repeated regularly and a couple of those e-mails. so how often does this come before you? >> we don't see workouts very often because he handled usually by the guarantee nature is. we may not even know that a workout taken place because under the guarantee the agency may pay us directly and leave the original documents in place. >> okay, so basically you're part of the due diligence is to
qualified teacher. but i don't want to see us in difficult schools inexperienced teachers simply being placed into the school and not have that mentoring were not receive the extra training that he or she might need. so in no way is it the intention or is it the effect of this legislation in teach for america, and i think you're the appointment -- correct me if i'm wrong, you are raising the issue of the significance of the term highly qualified. fair enough. i'm not going to argue with you that there could be someone walking out of college, somebody with 20 years of experience. that's true. but i would say to the chairman, if the goal here is can make sure that men are most difficult schools we have the best teachers are we possibly can, there has got to be a criteria. we can't simply say, don't use the word highly qualified if it doesn't mean anything. i think what mike is saying is that doesn't mean anything. and i think that's wrong. there's got to be some criteria or else what will happen i fear, is the lowest income schools, the most difficult schools will end up with the least q
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